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Why You Should Restrict Your Employees’ Access to the Internet

By January 11, 2013May 11th, 2021Blog

Although it may seem like you are infringing on basic rights when you block certain websites and categories on your business network, in reality it’s simply encouraging your employees to stay on track when they otherwise may get distracted. Not only are you increasing productivity, you’re decreasing security risks as well. When you don’t constrict your employees’ Internet use in some way, avoidable situations happen. Here are a few consequences that may happen if you allow your employees full reign of the Web.

Stolen Data

Do you know what kind of emails your employees are opening at work? If you don’t restrict their Internet use, they could be opening absolutely any email on their computers. While this is not usually a problem, a single misjudgment on the validity of an email can infect your entire network with a virus or other cyber threat. From there, data can be lost or stolen without anyone even knowing they did something wrong.

Bandwidth Sucking

If your employees are allowed to go anywhere, it’s likely they’ll visit streaming media websites like YouTube on occasion. Sites like these are incredibly bandwidth intensive, and will suck up what little a small business usually has. Streaming these services means that the rest of the office will suffer for it when they’re browsing regular websites or downloading important documents from emails or websites.

Liability

Did you know over a quarter of Fortune 500 companies have been accused of sexual harassment from chain emails that are sent around the office? Usually this material is not sent maliciously, but with lightheartedness. However, intention won’t hold up in court, especially now that a company can take the hit for an employee that hits the ‘forward’ button.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.